Natural Skincare

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The more I study and read about Biohacking (there is an upcoming post about Biohacking if you are not quite sure what I’m talking about here), the more I realize what we do with our bodies is super important to our health and longevity.

Now I have always believed that what we put ON our bodies is just as important as what we put IN them or how we move them. I’m surprised that in the Biohacking community you don’t hear or read more about the products we use. Most commercial skin, hair and body care products on the market are FULL of chemicals that have been linked to all kinds of issues including certain cancers. So, I’m always on the hunt for great natural skincare without all the “meanies” in the products such as: synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances or toxic chemicals.

Recently, most of the skincare I’ve been using is from Weleda. They “aim to use only the purest ingredients for our products – wild-crafted, organic and Biodynamic® whenever possible”.  Weleda was started in the early 20’s under the idea that our bodies, minds and spirits are all linked in one holistic system. This was groundbreaking and very innovative work at the time. Weleda created skincare and beauty products with natural ingredients to heal our bodies.

Just as an instance of the healing power of what we put on our bodies, I used to constantly breakout under my arms in a horrible rash that itched and burned like crazy. This was usually from the deodorants I was using. I tried switching brands and I always broke out in this painful rash. Once I discovered Weleda’s amazing spray deodorants I was hooked. Keeps me clean and fresh all day long, and I have not had any painful irritation under my arm since.

Some of the chemicals and ingredients you want to look out for in your beauty products include the following:

  • parabens
  • synthetic fragrances, chemicals or preservatives
  • GMOs
  • basically anything you can’t pronounce.

Take a look at the products you are using and make the switch. I in no way work for or am being reimbursed by Weleda. They just happen to be a company whose products I discovered and love. There are many companies now making the switch to cleaner products. Eat Clean, Train Mean, and Bathe Green!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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One thing that very few people know about me is that before becoming a Yoga and Pilates teacher, I was a Hairstylist and Makeup Artist. Yes, it is true. I worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years. I have worked in salons, day spas, cosmetic stores and the cosmetic departments of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. I’ve worked for major companies like MAC, Chanel, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Elemis, Shiseido and more. I also did freelance work as a makeup artist for fashion shows, photo shoots and weddings.

Even to this day, I consider myself a “Beauty Junkie”, particularly with bath and skincare products. You can take the boy out of the beauty department, but you can’t take the beauty department out of the boy. I thought I would start reviewing and sharing some of my favorite products that I have discovered and swear by. So this is the first post in “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”. These posts will include products I’ve discovered that I love and that add value to my health and wellness in some manner; not just beauty products.

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I believe that what we put ON our bodies is just as important as what we put in them or how we move them. I’m always on the hunt for great natural skincare without all the “meanies” in the products such as: synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances or toxic chemicals.

Recently, most of the skincare I’ve been using is from Weleda. They “aim to use only the purest ingredients for our products – wild-crafted, organic and Biodynamic®whenever possible”.  Weleda was started in the early 20’s under the idea that our bodies, minds and spirits are all linked in one holistic system. This was groundbreaking and very innovative work at the time. Weleda created skincare and beauty products with natural ingredients to heal our bodies.

One of my favorite products from Weleda is the Skin Food. This product nourishes the skin just like we use good nutrition to nourish our bodies. Skin Food is an ultra rich body cream that uses plant extracts and essential oils to hydrate, restore and protect our skin. Key ingredients of Pansy extract, Sunflower Seed Oil and and Rosemary Leaf Oil help to soothe and heal the skin.

You can literally use this product anywhere on the body: on dry patches like knees and elbows, for the feet and hands, as a lip balm, and even on the face. I personally have used this product everywhere and have had no issues. It seems really rich to maybe apply on the face, but in our harsh New England Winters, your skin can really become painfully dry and a little Skin Food goes a long way to soothing my skin. It’s a thick cream with a pleasing scent that absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Benefits of the Dandelion

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Most people don’t realize the magic growing in their own backyards. The Dandelion is not a weed, it is a wonderfully healing and magical plant. The health benefits of the Dandelion include: relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, helps to reduce high blood pressure, cancer and anemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs. It is rich in vitamin-A, C, iron, fiber and calcium and detoxifiers. All parts of the Dandelion can be used in a variety of ways, from teas to tinctures. The greens and roots can be used in smoothies and salads. Don’t mow over or spray toxic chemicals on this beautiful plant. Try it out and see how it can be a benefit to your overall health and wellness.

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